A SCHOOL IS...
A Place where People pursue Knowledge together for a common Purpose, using a Plan and certain Practices.
A Biblical approach flows from the Person of Christ and a truth-centered worldview that permeates every aspect of the school, from curriculum, to methods, to board deliberations, to scheduling of classes and activities. It asks, “How does this thing we are considering match up with God’s original intent? How is it messed up? What is God’s message to us from this study? And finally, what is His mission for us now, in response to our study?” Biblical truth infuses and informs every lesson, game, activity and field trip, rather than being confined to “Bible class” or chapel.
A Relational approach to teaching and learning combines both delight in and respect for children, parents, teachers, individuals, the family, the community, the culture, the world, the Creator. This explains our commitment to parental involvement at school, multi-age classes, and nurturing the uniqueness of each child. It informs our interest in discipleship, stewardship, instruction, integrity, humility, collaborative work, individual work, obedience, honor, courtesy, dialogue, character development, service to others, love for God. It’s all about relationship!
An Integral approach to curriculum and instruction seeks to reflect the cohesive nature of God and His creation using multi-disciplinary thematic units of study organized meaningfully around important ideas. It minimizes the artificial separation of the typical school “subjects,” seeking to continually show the real connections between them, in order to create authentic and enduring understandings. It likewise informs our view of the child as a holistic being comprised of “head, hand, and heart” rather than merely an intellect to be filled with academic data and information.
The RE school honors wherever God has placed it and seeks the thriving and beauty of that place, whether in urban, suburban, rural, or home settings.
“Knowing” involves “loving” and “doing”; knowing/loving/serving are inextricably interwoven.
RE uses curriculum organized around significant themes, maximizing connections - an integral study. It recognizes and develops “emergent” lessons springing authentically from the shared lives of children, their families, and their teachers.
At the RE school, people are understood to be image-bearers of God, and as such, infinitely valuable, regardless of appearance, age, skill, talent, or accomplishment. People in all stages and conditions of life are honored as valued intellectual, spiritual, physical, social, aesthetic, responsive, emotional, mathematical, musical, linguistic beings.
RE seeks to equip image-bearers for knowing, loving and serving God and others, with skill and will; with head, hand, and heart.
Pedagogy at the RE school honors and plans for image-bearers in all their aspects; the “professed beliefs” and the “controlling beliefs” demonstrated in the teachers’ methods are fully aligned with one another and with a Biblical worldview.